Dan and I are doing what we lovingly refer to as “trickling” over to the new house. I doubt we’ll ever have a big moving day. But someday soon, we’ll find that we’re miraculously spending the night over at the new house. Last weekend, the girls took naps over there–Elizabeth in a pack n’ play in her room (pack n’ play naps are never good), and the girls together in the big double bed in the guest room/office. The guest room is one of my favorite rooms in the house. It boasts the best light–with windows on both sides–and the best bed–a big soft pillow top that we “inherited”. I told Dan that if he notices an absence of his wife by his side come morning, to look for me in the guest room.
Each day, a few more things disappear from the apartment–a desk, a rug, a bookcase. And every time I take something away, I am reminded of how refreshing and peaceful it is to keep things simple. To only have what you really need and really want.
When I took away some things yesterday, I did a little rearrange of the spaces that were left bare–throwing a few pillows in a corner with a basket of books, bringing out a basket of schleichs and a wooden barn…and immediately the spaces are filled with activity as each child found their special place to play.
It reminds me that children don’t need much to stir their creativity.
So I’ve been doing a little research, going to a few of my favorite, books and catalogs for inspiration. And I’m making a list of what things I want the girls to have in our new house. Which toys and materials and spaces are most important to us–a dollhouse, a basket of blocks, a can of colored pencils and sketch books, a corner of throw pillows and books, an old suitcase of dress up clothes. I’m also thinking about giving them a solid wood playhouse so they have a place to play outside.
I’m taking this move as a chance to start fresh, to simplify, to clean out and to be more intentional about what things find their way into our new home.
I know we won’t find that perfect balance right away. It is a work in progress. My research is often interrupted…ahem, Elizabeth! And I believe you need to live in a space for awhile to see how you live in a space. I’ll let you know how it goes, maybe I’ll even share my list as I try to organize my way into simpler, more creative, peaceful surroundings.
I love starting fresh.